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SyncML®: Synchronizing and Managing Your Mobile Data by Phillipe Kahn, Peter Thompson, Apratim Purakayastha, Riku Mettälä, Uwe Hansmann

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Identifiers in SyncML

During synchronization, it is fundamentally important to consistently identify individual data items or a collection of data items. Sometimes it is necessary to identify the actual device or network server that is the intended recipient of a package. At other times it is necessary to identify a collection of data such as a database. At yet other times it may be necessary to identify individual data items in a datastore or a set of data items that satisfy certain criteria. SyncML uses the notion of Target and Source for identification. Each SyncML package contains Target and Source elements in various places. Depending on the context, the Target and Source may refer to a particular machine, a particular datastore, a set of ...

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